Miscellaneous external links
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This page contains links to external articles and sites which do not easily fit into any existing pages. See also Forthcoming judgments.
- Commission on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care, 'Old Problems, New Solutions: Improving Acute Psychiatric Care for Adults in England' (9/2/16)†. Introduction from CAAPC website: "The report highlights system-wide problems in mental healthcare in England including variable quality of care on inpatient units, inadequate availability of inpatient care or alternatives to inpatient admission, and patients remaining in hospital for longer than necessary due to inadequate residential provision. The Commission’s report consequently recommends significant changes to how services are commissioned, organised and monitored across the whole mental health system. It also calls for faster access to acute care and an end to sending severely-ill mental health patients long distances for treatment." See also: (1) CAAPC website; (2) summary document†.
- Five Finger Death Punch, 'Wrong Side of Heaven' (music video, 11/8/14). Listen to this song then send your money to the Royal British Legion, Combat Stress or another similar charity. The song and accompanying video are about soldiers on operations and post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Just Giving, 'Paul's British Isles Walk: Walking through The British Isles for Big C' (April-May 2015). Paul Veitch is a great mental health solicitor who has given permission this link to be included here. Introductory story from website: "Two years ago I was diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer as it had secondaried into my lymph system. So far I have responded very well to treatment and so I am embarking on a two month walk mainly because I love nature and walking. If all goes well I plan to walk part of the east coast of Suffolk and Essex, the Ridgeway National Trail, the South Downs Way and Saint Cuthberts Way. I will then spend a week with the community on Iona and then in May walk up the West Coast of the outer Hebrides. I should be walking approximately 400 miles. While we all want to be cured of cancer, just as important is to be cared for, and that is why I have chosen the Big C as a charity if you would like to make a donation. Big C provides that care by giving sufferers the space to relax in their centres. They also give practical help and advice, friendship and support as well as supporting research."
- Rebecca Carter, 'Is the Mental Capacity Act incompatible with the ECHR?' (Halsbury's Law Exchange, 10/1/14)
- Sarah Knapton, 'Sex therapy in prisons does not stop rapists reoffending, warns expert' (Telegraph, 28/1/15)†
- National Offender Management Service, 'Mental Health Treatment Requirement: Guidance on Supporting Integrated Delivery' (30/12/14)†. Introduction and detail from Government website: "This (non-statutory) guidance seeks to provide support to service commissioning and provider agencies so that appropriate mental health service provision and inter-agency partnerships enable Mental Health Treatment Requirements (MHTR) delivery locally. The guidance reflects the changes to responsibility for probation services in England and Wales from 2014 resulting from the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms and the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014. Information on who to contact for further information is also included."
- Houses of Parliament Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, 'Parity of Esteem for Mental Health' (Postnote no.485, 7/1/15)†. Description from Parliament website: "Achieving parity of esteem between mental and physical health in care standards and public attitudes has been attempted for decades. This note outlines the history of these efforts, the various ways in which parity is defined and measured, the challenges of achieving this ideal and the strategies that may be employed to that end."
- Michael Buchanan, 'Seven mental health patients died waiting for beds (BBC News, 28/11/14)†. Extract: "Seven mental health patients have killed themselves in England since 2012 after being told there were no hospital beds for them, the BBC has learned."
- Healthwatch, 'People's inquiry to uncover pitfalls of discharge from hospitals and care homes' (press release, 7/5/14). Extract: "Healthwatch England is today launching our first ever special inquiry to find out why things so often go wrong when people are discharged from health and social care institutions. In contrast to standard public inquiries, this investigation will be led by people with direct experience of unsafe discharge and will reach out to communities right across the country through site visits, focus groups, public hearings, and the mobilisation of the 148 local Healthwatch, to hear real life experiences of the discharge process and learn what can be done to improve outcomes." Website pages include "Tell us your story about leaving hospital or care" and "Get your organisation involved".
- Kashmira Gander,' Mental Health Cop Twitter account suspended: Inspector's feed under investigation by West Midlands Police' (Independent, 17/2/14)†
- Emergency Shorts website: Mental Health Cop. The blog posts are, at the time of writing, still available on this website.
- Paul Swift et al, 'What happens when people with learning disabilities need advice about the law?' (Norah Fry Research Centre, July 2013) (PDF)
- Robin Hopkins, 'Confidentiality of medical information after patient’s death: two new Upper Tribunal decisions' (Panopticon Blog, 14/11/13)†
- Rowena Mason, 'Doctors, nurses and managers to face five years in jail if they neglect patients' (Guardian, 16/11/13)†
- Tim Brown, 'Mental impairment. How does the employer know? Cox v Essex County Fire and Rescue Service' (13KBW Employment Blog, 18/11/13)†
- Polly McConnell and Jenny Talbot, 'Mental health and learning disabilities in the criminal courts: Information for magistrates, district judges and court staff' (Prison Reform Trust and Rethink Mental Illness, September 2013)† Chapter headings are: (1) Welcome and introduction; (2) How to use this information; (3) Mental Health; (4) Learning disability; (5) Other disabilities and impairments; (6) Co-morbidity and dual diagnosis; (7) Right to a fair trial and fitness to plead; (8) Vulnerable defendants in court; (9) Supporting vulnerable defendants in court; (10) Bail and remand decisions; (11) Liaison and diversion services; (12) Sentencing; (13) Breach; (14) Mental Health Act; (15) References
- Department of Health, 'Analysis of the Consultation on Allocation Options for the Funding for Independent Mental Health Advocate Services and the treatment of Armed Forces compensation in charging for social care' (31/10/12)†
- Department of Health, 'Winterbourne View Hospital: Department of Health review and response' (various documents)†
- Paul Milligan, 'NHS trust fined £500,000 after female care worker was stabbed to death by dangerous bipolar patient "who never should have been sent to care home"' (Daily Mail, 19/7/12)†
- Local Government Lawyer, 'Mental health trust to retake cuts decision after legal challenge' (19/7/12)
- Lucy Series, 'My top ten Mental Capacity Act resources' (The Small Places Blog, 27/12/12). This article recommends the following resources: (1) Mental Health Law Online, (2) 39 Essex Street Court of Protection Newsletter, (3) Court of Protection Law Reports, (4) Mental Capacity Act Manual, (5) Social Care Institute for Excellence, (6) Google Alerts, (7) Essex Autonomy Project, (8) Mental Health Foundation MCA literature review, (9) Mental Disability Advocacy Center, (10) Twitter.
- Panorama, 'Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed' (broadcast 31/5/11). Available to view online for 12 months from the date of broadcast
- Guardian, 'Smokers win right to challenge hospital ban' (6/5/11). Silber J gave permission to seek judicial review of Chadwick Lodge's policy of prohibiting smoking on hospital grounds (indoors or outdoors) or on escorted community leave. See Smoking.
- Julian Hendy, 'Scandal of mentally ill man who killed his father, was then released...and killed his mother' (Mail on Sunday, 10/4/11). This article is critical of mental health services, including mental health tribunals (for being in private), internal homicide inquiries (for being unreliable) and independent inquiries (for being repeatedly ignored).
- Mark Gould, 'Mental health patients complain of "zombification"' (Guardian, 15/3/11). This article discusses the increasing use of detention and CTOs.
- BBC, 'Care workers use glove puppet to bully elderly women', 6/1/11. This article involves a prosecution under MCA 2005 s44.
- Private Eye, 'Mental Health: Catch 22' (Eye 1277, 10-23 December 2010). This article refers to the situation where Article 5 prevented patients from being discharged from hospital to conditions which amounted to a deprivation of liberty (which is no longer the case following SSJ v RB  UKUT 454 (AAC)).
- Hugh Southey QC and Jesse Nicholls, 'Mental Health Law Update', presentation by Hugh Southey to Mental Health Lawyers Association conference on 19/11/10
- Fiona Bawdon, 'Mental health patients face legal aid delay', Guardian 9/11/10 - This article is about the effect of the LSC's refusal to grant additional 'matter starts' to mental health law firms towards the end of the current contract period
- Channel 4 News: Family condemn 'barbaric' council over removal (text and video) - (video only) - 5/8/10 - This relates to G v E, Manchester City Council and F  EWHC 2042 (Fam)
- BBC: Madness in the Fast Lane - 10/8/10 - Tabloid television about a mentally-ill lady's progress through the justice system
- BBC File on Four: 'Court of Protection cost me £50,000' - Broadcast on 27/7/10, repeated on 1/8/10 and available on BBC website
- BBC iPlayer: Mental: A History of the Madhouse - broadcast on 17/5/10 and 20/5/10 - Documentary about the closure of Britain's mental asylums
- Guardian: BBC4 to screen mental health documentary on sectioning - published 11/5/10 - The programme will be shown on 19/5/10 at 2100hrs.
- HundredFamilies.org: Practical information for families affected by mental health homicides in Britain - This detailed website was created alongside the BBC2 documentary "Why did you kill my dad?" which was shown on 1/3/10